Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Congress Passes Two-Week Spending Bill to Avoid Dec. 9 Shutdown

Congress Passes Two-Week Spending Bill to Avoid Dec. 9 Shutdown

In a further signal of problems, the House Rules Committee announced it had postponed a planned meeting from Tuesday until Wednesday to work out debating rules for the budget measure.

President Donald Trump's meeting with congressional leaders has relocated from the Oval Office to the White House Situation Room for a briefing on military readiness.

Democrats are pushing for the next spending bill to include a legislative fix for young immigrants brought to the U.S.as children who had been granted temporary work permits through the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Meadows said they would help it pass to avoid distractions from the GOP drive to push their treasured $1.5tn tax bill through Congress this month.

Jordan and a handful of his fellow Freedom Caucus colleagues gave Republican leadership a scare Monday night when they threatened to vote against sending tax reform legislation to a conference committee.

The short-term legislation is created to give bargainers more time to address remaining disputes over spending levels and other issues that have been folded into the year-end mix, including immigration and health care.

Indeed, without the Freedom Caucus votes, Ryan warned that he would need to bring Democrats into the talks to keep the government funded past Friday.

The group is convening to continue negotiations on critical end-of-year spending legislation, with Democrats and Republicans deeply divided on defence and immigration priorities.

In the next round of spending talks, Democrats are hoping to negotiate legal protections for the almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children and had been shielded from deportation under an Obama-era executive order.

Democrats hope to use their leverage in the year-end budget battle to win concessions on spending, immigration and other issues.

"We're having a conversation with our members about what we think the best way forward is", he told reporters.


We'll see what happens.

On Monday, the Freedom Caucus pressured GOP leaders for the short-term bill to run through December 30, not December 22 as has been planned.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of roughly three dozen of the House's most conservative Republicans, initially withheld their votes on the motion, drawing a large huddle on the House floor.

The measure also makes money available to several states that are running out of funds for the Children's Health Insurance Program, a widely popular program that provides medical care to more than 8 million children. Lawmakers are now working to reconcile the two bills.

Most House Democrats were likely to oppose the short-term bill, but enough were expected to support it in the Senate to allow its passage there, with the idea that Democrats would have some leverage to insist on future spending boosts for health care, infrastructure and other domestic programs that would match increases Republicans want for defense.

The Democratic surrender was exposed in the Democratic leaders' explanation for why they want their members to vote against the GOP short-term budget extension, dubbed the "CR" for "Continuing Resolution".

On Monday, McConnell expressed more confidence, saying, "We will pass it before the end of the week".

Republicans and Democrats have discussed a potential two-year budget deal raising spending by about $200 billion.

Many on both sides have decided a headline-grabbing federal closure would be a political blunder, at least for now.

In addition, some from both parties want to restore billions in federal payments to health insurers that Trump halted last autumn. Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (R-Wis.).

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